Matt Waldman’s Reads Listens Views (November 2, 2018)


Matt Waldman’s Reads Listens Views is back and devoted to a short list of recommended reads, listens, and views for the week. 

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Welcome

If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome.  Every Friday, I post links to pieces that I’ve found personally compelling or to content I hope will eventually scratch that itch when I get around to it.

You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.

Reads

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley: “I am convinced the devil lives in our phones.”

While I read this quote in the subhead and giggle as I think of Kathy Bates telling Adam Sandler “Foosball is the devil…,” the article is worth a read even if moderation is probably the best course of action with kids and screen time.” 

The Class of 1946-2018 Twenty-seven school-shotting survivors bear their scars and bear witness. 

Whether you believe gun ownership is a necessity for a thriving democracy, think guns should be banned, or anywhere in between, do society a favor and read about the individual stories of children who survived school shootings. If you’re pro-gun, don’t look at this as guilt-trip — I prefer to see it as my responsibility to know the current cost of having guns so readily available in our society. 

Listens

Views

I thought about sharing a personal story with you that applies to this video but I’m not ready to post it.

What I will say is that respect is something given and earned. In order for respect to ring true, it must be a mutual condition. Most people respect the symbol of the country they embrace. However, the flag also represents a society rooted in inequities when it comes to safety, justice, and caring for those who’ve done their utmost to protect it. 

Until it fixes these wrongs, I understand how our society hasn’t earned that respect — not until it delivers on the promise of its laws by enforcing them correctly and doing more than lip service to caring for those who’ve sacrificed to protect it. 

Kneeling shows respect while also showing there’s a problem. If only the society this flag represents would do more to earn as much respect as the kneeling actually gives. 

 

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